Cold Weather Creating Delays, Danger for Sea Life 

Posted: 3:58 am Friday, January 5th, 2018

By Ann Kelly


It’s going to be an especially chilly dive for the cross in Tarpon Springs on Saturday. It’s the highlight of the Feast of the Epiphany celebration. The procession to Spring Bayou starts at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral around 12:15, with the dive for the cross scheduled for 1 pm.


If you have a flight to the north and northeast it’s another day to call ahead. Expect more delays and cancellation from the “bomb cyclone”. States like New York could experience a wind chill of -50 by Saturday. At Tampa International Airport they’ve even had to de-ice some aircraft.


Sea creatures are also suffering in the cold. Iguanas, stunned by the cold, have been falling from trees, over 100 sea turtles have been rescued and areas like the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach are seeing more and more manatees in search of warmer waters. If you see and animal in distress you should contact the FWC for help.


So, what do we need to do here to protect ourselves? Even here in Tampa Bay there’s things you don’t want to leave in the car like medications and electronics. Pets that may normally live outdoors need a warm place and it’s time protect that tender tropical plants. Happily we won’t deal with all these issues but some may apply.


With a freeze warnings and freeze watches continuing, cold weather shelters are open HillsboroughPinellasPasco and Hernando. Those shelters may also need donations. Hillsborough County has two shelters that take pets. If your home needs a little help with heat be aware of the dangerous of  space heaters – they need to be used carefully.


Tampa Bay Lightning Center and team captain Steve Stamkos was named captain of the Atlantic Division NHL All-Star team that will play in Amalie Arena January 28th.  This is his fifth All-Star game, and that beats the previous record held by another former Bolt, Vinnie Lecavalier.